Admission is competitive and is based on previous math and science courses, teacher recommendations, standardized achievement testing, science/math activities, and honors. Student selection is determined by each participating school system. For specific criteria and an application, a prospective student should contact his/her high school guidance department. Applications may be obtained through each local school division or be downloaded from this site. The student's high school or designated committee will make admission decisions.
Participating Divisions & Sites
Caroline, King George, and King William County students attend the Bowling Green site.
Colonial Beach, and Essex, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland County students attend Rappahannock Community College at the Warsaw site.
Gloucester, King & Queen, Mathews, Middlesex, and New Kent County students attend Rappahannock Community College at the Glenns site.
Students take a combination of the following courses: College Biology, College Chemistry, College Physics, Algebra II-Trig, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Statistics, Foundations in Science, including a college level computer course, and Environmental and Marine Science I & II. All courses meet and/or exceed the Standards of Learning (SOL) requirements. In addition, students earn dual enrollment credits for each course through Rappahannock Community College.
- Blue Crab Bowl
- Virginia Junior Academy of Science
- Battle of the Brains
- Rappahannock Community College Math Contest
Community Partnerships and Support
- Belle Isle State Park
- Water Quality Testing on Fox Mill Run & Cat Point Creek for DEQ.
- Local Elementary School Outreach: Marine & Environmental Science Fair & Labs.
- Oyster Reef Restoration.
- Earth Day at Belle Isle State Park with Gifted and Talented second through fourth graders from our participating twelve counties.
- Mattaponi and Pamunkey River Association River Clean-Up
- Dragon Run Day
- Chesapeake Bay Field Studies Teacher Workshop